What a moral trainwreck…

October 17, 2008
You probably know who the Parker family is even if you don’t know their names. They have been highlighted in recent videos supporting Prop 8.  The family tells the story of their kids being exposed to same sex marriage curriculum.
It seems that the father was recently arrested for refusing to leave school grounds until school officials acquiesced to his demands about how his children were taught.
More on the late breaking news from the National Review online
The latest press release from the Protect Marriage Yes on 8 campaign in California rather cleverly points out the same groups now charging its a lie public schools will teach about gay marriage whether parents like it or not — were just in court in Massachussetts filing amicus briefs arguing parents don’t have any right to opt their children out of the pro-gay marriage curriculum.

From the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Amicus Curiae Brief:

“In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where the right of same-sex couples to marry is protected under the state constitution, it is particularly important to teach children about families with gay parents.” [p 5]

From the Human Rights Campaign Amicus Curiae Brief:

“There is no constitutional principle grounded in either the First Amendment’s free exercise clause or the right to direct the upbringing of one’s children, which requires defendants to either remove the books now in issue – or to treat them as suspect by imposing an opt-out system.” [pp1-2]

From the ACLU Amicus Curiae Brief:

“Specifically, the parents in this case do not have a constitutional right to override the professional pedagogical judgment of the school with respect to the inclusion within the curriculum of the age-appropriate children’s book…King and King.” [p 9]

Which side is really telling the truth here about its aims?

Even more damning evidence than the amicus briefs is the preliminary court findings…

“Turning back to the Parker’s case, although the court refused to recognize the Parker’s constitutional claims, the court provided evidence that – as feared by same-sex marriage opponents – schools will begin teaching their children that same-sex marriage is “normal” upon the legalization of same-sex marriage.  The court stated:

‘Given that Massachusetts has recognized gay marriage under its state constitution, it is entirely rational for its schools to educate their students regarding that recognition. Parker, 514 F.3d at 92.'”

Isn’t that funny? I’m pretty sure that opponents to Prop 8 were swearing up and down that same sex marriage wouldn’t infiltrate the schools. Now it has not only penetrated Mass. schools, but parents are getting in legal trouble for insisting that they be notified of this curriculum ahead of time and be given the opportunity to opt out. Read the entire case if you can, it’s very illuminating.


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